Voyage Warrior went a long way to fulfilling his prodigious potential with a make-all win in the G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, 5 April.
The 23/1 shot relished the rain-affected turf and dominated his seven rivals under an inspired Vincent Ho. But 10 lengths adrift of victory’s heady rush, the 1.8 favourite Aethero trailed in last after he over-raced and then suffered a rough passage on the home turn.
Voyage Warrior was never headed and sprinted down the straight to finish three-quarters of a length in front of runner-up Hot King Prawn in a time of 1m 09.48s.
“It wasn’t the plan to lead but my horse pinged the gate and everyone else was holding, they didn’t want to lead, so I just gave him a soft lead and he ran home strongly,” Ho said.
“He enjoyed that ground a lot and he was so relaxed in front. Ricky’s horses are doing very well, the young ones too.”